A report by Lorraine Chow for EcoWatch. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.
The Central American nation intends to replace these wasteful, ocean-clogging items—such as plastic store bags, straws, coffee stirrers, containers and plastic cutlery—for biodegradable or water-soluble alternatives, or products made of renewable materials (think plant starches).
The initiative is led by Costa Rica’s Ministries of Health and Environment and Energy with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and from local governments, civil society and various private sector groups.
Costa Rican government officials announced the country’s ambitious plan on June 5, World Environment Day.
“Being a country free of single use plastics is our mantra and our mission,” according to a joint statement from Environment and Energy minister Edgar…
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